I have been to a lot of capitols in the country. A rundown of the memorable ones are that of the grandiose Capitol of Sultan Kudarat, the White-House-like Davao Oriental Capitol, the imposing columns of Negros Occidental and Leyte Provincial Capitol in Tacloban City. But these will be mismatch to the captivating beauty of the Pangasinan’s Provincial Capitol in Lingayen.
The Lingayen Provincial Capitol which was built in 1918, reconstructed in 1949 (during the time of Gov. Enrique Braganza) because it was damaged in WWII and rehabilitated last 2008 (Gov. Espino’s term). It is placed at the center of a sprawling Complex near the Lingayen beach, I was actually surprised that this capital of Pangasinan has this- so spectacular and grandiose.
Out of the 8 Philippine architectural treasures, I learned that it is the only one that can be found outside of Manila. The other 7 includes El Hogar Bldg., The Hongkong Shanghai Bank Bldg., Uychaco building, Luneta Hotel, Metropolitan Theater, Regina Building, and the University of Manila which are all located in the capital city.
I first saw the Capitol on the evening of our arrival in Lingayen, I just wanted to take a short walk and this elegant building just lit up the whole Capitol complex. I can still remember the music coming out of the speakers scattered throughout the park, the romantic benches, the cold Christmas breeze and a bunch of young people relaxing at the nice lawn. I don’t want to be sentimental but the feeling was nostalgic and I found myself caught into that moment.
In the morning, Alex of CrazySexyFun Traveler and I went inside and was toured by one of Gov. Espino’s staff. Here’s some of the parts of the Capitol that captivated more of me:
From the roofdeck, you can also see the Veteran’s Park, Lingayen Beach and Princess Urduja’s Palace which is the Governor’s official residence.
Thanks to the warm welcome of the Provincial Capitol staff. I have learned a lot during our 20-minute free tour inside the Capitol Building.
Napintas ti Pangasinan! (Beautiful Pangasinan) is a 5-part series that highlights my 3D/2N trip with Mica and Alex to Pangasinan Province. It was short, sweet but memorable. Here’s a rundown of my experiences (click to redirect you to your chosen article):